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DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Financial captivity

DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Financial captivity
By Sébastien Dubois • Issue #62 • View online
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Welcome to the 62nd edition
Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
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I probably sound like a broken record by now, but this week has been really tough. Going through a separation is exhausting. I’ve spent a ton of time introspecting and thinking about the future. I’ve also explored my options regarding housing and hope that this will all soon be behind me… I long for normality and stability.
I’ve had a really hard time working, as I have all those thoughts that overwhelm me. My baby has been sick for more than a week, and now it’s my turn.
Given the changes in my life, I’m going to feel more financial pressure than ever before. The thing is that I won’t be able to pay rent with my half-time job alone, so I need additional income. I’m lucky though because I still have options. One is to go start working 4/5 of the time instead of ½ as an employee. Another is to secure one more contract as a freelancer to ensure I can create a large-enough buffer for me to keep working on side projects.
I’ll do everything I can to remain able to continue creating products. Going back to work as a full-time employee would leave a sour taste in my mouth. But I realize how privileged I am…
For now, it’s okay because I have an ongoing consulting contract, but there’s no guarantee that it will last for long. So I guess this means I’m entering a critical period of my solopreneur journey. 🙏
Next to the landslide of emotions, stress, and anxiety, my separation also creates another problem. There’s of course never a “right time”, but having to recover money from the stock market when everything is going down feels quite bad…

The "performance" of the S&P 500 index so far this year
The "performance" of the S&P 500 index so far this year
Obviously not the greatest moment to need that money.
For the past 3 years, I’ve been working hard towards financial freedom. But now I’m in financial captivity more than ever!
The Lab 🧪
This week has been quite frustrating. Sales have dropped quite sharply:
My sales on Gumroad for the past week
My sales on Gumroad for the past week
It’s a bit disappointing as I thought I was starting to see some momentum. My wild guess is that the combination of my lack of marketing for my products and the economic context have contributed a lot to this situation.
As a result, I’ve decided to remove the tiered pricing on the PKM Library and on the Obsidian Starter Kit. My rationale is that both products have reached their “best price” for now. I’ll adjust later once I have added more value.
I’ve continued working on the Obsidian Starter kit, but didn’t deliver much this week; my mind was clearly elsewhere.
Things I've learned this week
Some of the notes I've taken this week
Some of the notes I've taken this week
This week, an idea that I found fascinating is that we become what we focus on. And it’s so true. We can achieve anything we want in life, but we can’t do it all. So we need to choose a few things, and focus on those long enough to achieve significant results.
Another one is the fact that we should focus on cheap ideas instead of expensive ones. Once again: small and riskless bets instead of winner takes all bets with huge potential upsides and downsides.
Recent articles
No new article this week
Books corner
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
Quotes of the week
  • “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept” — Angela Yvonne Davis
Tips of the week
Learn about the concept of cognitive fusion and cognitive defusion.
Cognitive fusion is when we consider our inner voice as “us” and believe what it says. Cognitive defusion is when we instead observe our thoughts as products of our mind that we don’t have to automatically accept as reality.
Cognitive defusion is key to fighting anxiety and maintaining better mental health. It kills me that we don’t get taught that in school!
How cool is that?!
Under Pressure - Queen x Peter Bence (Piano Cover)
Thinking and learning links of the week
A brief, informal guide to doing grounded theory - Fulcra
Readwise plugin tips for Logseq & Obsidian
Tech links of the week
PyScript | Run Python in your HTML
GitHub - microsoft/Web-Dev-For-Beginners: 24 Lessons, 12 Weeks, Get Started as a Web Developer
End to end typesafety with tRPC - Kristian Dupont
Dockerfiles now Support Multiple Build Contexts - Docker
That’s all folks!
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